COVID-19 & Travel to/in Greenland
At this site you can find information specific to traveling in South Greenland during Greenland's Reopening,
including who may enter, a list of Open Places and Vulnerable Places, plus contact information for health centers.


For an extensive tourism-related FAQ document, please visit:
www.vg.gl/corona


Any other questions related to travelling in South Greenland during Reopening
can please be directed to:

Tourism Destination Manager for South Greenland
Sarah Woodall
sw@isg.gl
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Required Entry Conditions during Phase 2, Part 2 (30 September 2020 through 31 January 2021)
These conditions are required for ALL persons entering Greenland,
both residents and visitors.


Residence in the Kingdom of Denmark or an Open Country.
A list of Open Countries can be found on the Danish Police website. Updated weekly on Thursdays. 
Yellow = open.

Online submission of the "Sumut" form prior to travel. 
At check-in, electronic or print proof must be shown of the Receipt / Confirmation mail received after filling out the "Sumut" form.
No proof = no travel, and all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
Read more about "Sumut" form below.


Negative test results from a PCR/RNA virus test administered maximum 5 days (120 hours) prior to departure to Greenland.
Proof must be shown at check-in.
No proof = no travel, and all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
Read more about Pre-Travel Test below.


Usage of a one-time use surgical mask or a cloth mask.
Required in all European airports, including those in Greenland.
Required onboard all Air Greenland flights.
Children age 12 years and younger are exempt from this requirement.


Quarantine in an Open Place upon arrival, until receiving negative re-test results.
Read more about Quarantine below.
Read more about Open Places & Vulnerable Places below.


PCR/RNA virus re-test on the 5th day after arrival to Greenland, or after.
Read more about Re-Testing below.


Once out of quarantine, all persons are required to continue to adhere to all COVID-19 sanitation and social distancing precautions & advice.

Maintain 2 meters distance from other persons
Avoid places where close contact with others could occur
Wash and/or disinfect hands often
Always cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or arm
Do not spit
Use good cleaning habits and ensure proper ventilation when indoors or in an enclosed space


Additional re-testing if COVID-19 symptoms occur.
Entry Requirement - "Sumut" Form
Electronic or print proof of Receipt / Confirmation email received after filling out the "Sumut" form
is a required condition to travel to Greenland.
All persons must fulfill this entry requirement.


"Sumut" means "Where to?" and is tool used only for the purpose of tracking an infection source, if needed. The information collected in the form will be protected according to the Ordinance for Greenland of the Personal Data Processing Act. More information regarding the disclaimer is found on the first page of the online form, linked below.

One must have a purchased ticket prior to filling out the form.



One must fill out the form personally, online.


The form asks for information including:
Travel plan
Final destination
With whom you will have contact or stay with 


After filling out the form, a Receipt / Confirmation mail will be sent that must be shown electronically or in print,
in order to check-in for the flight to Greenland.
It will show the traveller's name and departure date. Double check that these details are correct. 


Questions regarding filling out the "Sumut" form can be directed to the national COVID-19 Hotline at:
+299 80 11 00


Fill out the "Sumut" form here.
Entry Requirement - Pre-Travel Test
Proof of negative test results from a PCR/RNA test administered maximum 5 days (120 hours) prior to check-in for flights to Greenland
is a required condition to be able to check in.
Legal action can be taken against those who do not abide by the rules.
All persons must fulfill this entry requirement.
From 7 October, all children under 12 years must also fulfill this requirement.


Home tests are not valid.
Antibody tests are not valid.
See below for the information required to be shown on the test results. 


How to arrange for a pre-travel test
There are different procedures for persons residing in open Nordic countries, Denmark (and Greenland) and open non-Nordic countries.



For residents of open Nordic countries, other than Denmark:
Testing can be done in one's country of residence.

The test must be administered maximum 5 days (120 hours) prior to check-in for the flight to Greenland.

The following information must be visible on the test results in order to check in.
"Tested for COVID-19" (the virus test - NOT the antibody test)
Name
Birthdate
Test result: negative

NOTE: If for some reason one wishes to be tested in Denmark instead of their country of residence, travellers must pay for the test (up to 1800 DKK) themselves.
Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen does NOT give tests to travellers.
Therefore, the only recommended places for travellers to be tested in Denmark is Airport Doctor or Aleris-Hamlet private hospitals, as they can provide results within 48 hours.



For residents of open non-Nordic countries:
Testing can be done in one's country of residence,
BUT the test center must first be approved by the Surgeon General in Greenland.
Write to corona.iaan@nanoq.gl with the following information:
Your name & address
Test center name, address and website

The test must be administered maximum 5 days (120 hours) prior to check-in for the flight to Greenland.

The following information must be visible on the test results in order to check in.
"Tested for COVID-19" (the virus test - NOT the antibody test)
Name
Birthdate
Test result: negative


NOTE: If for some reason one wishes to be tested in Denmark instead of their country of residence, travellers must pay for the test (up to 1800 DKK) themselves.
Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen does NOT give tests to travellers.
Therefore, the only recommended places for travellers to be tested in Denmark is Airport Doctor or Aleris-Hamlet private hospitals, as they can provide results within 48 hours.
For residents of Denmark (and residents of Greenland)
One must request an appointment time either via one's own doctor or online at www.coronaprover.dk, using NemID.
Once the test is administered, one must download their own results at www.sundhed.dk.


NOTE: It is only recommended to be tested at Rigshospitalet due to shorter waiting times for results (2-3 days).
Tests from other test facilities are accepted, but wait times for results can be longer.
No matter where a test is administered, it must be administered maximum 5 days (120 hours) prior to check-in for the flight to Greenland.


See Additional Resources for information on Test Centers in Denmark.
Open Places & Vulnerable Places
Open Places are those one can travel to upon arrival in order to quarantine.
In South Greenland:
Narsaq
Narsarsuaq
Qaqortoq

Vulnerable Places are those one CANNOT travel to without first quarantining & receiving a negative result for a re-test taken on the 5th day after arrival.
One must quarantine & re-test in an Open Place prior to travelling onward.


In South Greenland:

All sheep farms
Aappilattoq
Alluitsup Paa
Ammassivik
Eqalugaarsuit
Igaliku
Nanortalik
Narsarmijit
Qassiarsuk
Qassimiut
Saarloq
Tasiusaq
Entry Requirement - Quarantine
Quarantine upon arrival is a required condition to travel to Greenland.
All persons must fulfill this entry requirement. 



The purpose of quarantine is to avoid contact with other people and to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community.


Quarantine in settlements is not permitted. 
However, camping in the wilderness and/or staying at a wilderness hut/lodge are considered permissible quarantine locations, as long as one does not come in contact with people outside the travel party. Maximum 2 local guides permitted.


Incoming persons are required to stay in quarantine for 5 days upon arrival to Greenland.
On the 5th day after arrival, they must be re-tested and remain in quarantine
until a negative test result is received.
See Re-testing below.


If COVID-19 symptoms occur while in quarantine, prior to re-testing,
the person must CALL to the nearest hospital.
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms,
as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.

How to Quarantine

As long as a person is in quarantine awaiting re-testing and/or awaiting test results,
they should preferably remain at their accommodation and avoid contact with others.

It is permitted to go outdoors as long as one avoids contact with other people.


Guidelines inside the accommodation

If staying with others, like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland,
minimise contact with other persons,
including f.ex. kissing or preparing/sharing meals together.

Always cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or arm.

Wash hands every time after coughing or sneezing, after using the restroom, before meals and
after coming inside the accommodation after being outdoors. 
Use soap & water, hand sanitizer or wet napkins.



Guidelines outside the accommodation

Limit time spent outdoors in places where one could come in contact with other people.

Avoid taking public transportation where one could come in contact with other people.

It is not permitted to mix with groups of people or to visit public places such as eateries, shared laundry rooms, gyms, movie theatres, and the like.

Avoid grocery shopping, if possible.
If one must do their own grocery shopping, avoid peak times.

It is permitted to walk the dog, as long as one avoids contact with other people.


Watch for the following symptoms.
If symptoms occur, CALL to the local health care center. DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms,
as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.
Cough
Sore throat
Fever
Headache
Tiredness
Muscle soreness
Mucus build-up
Difficulty breathing
Diarrhea

Re-Testing
Re-testing upon arrival is a required* condition to travel in Greenland. 
All persons must fulfill this entry requirement. 


* Re-testing is required in order to get out of quarantine early;
one is eligible for re-testing on the 5th day after arrival to Greenland,
and one must stay in quarantine until receiving negative re-test results.

*If one wishes to avoid re-testing, that is permitted,
but then the person MUST remain in quarantine for an entire 14 days. 


It is the person's own responsibility to CALL the South Greenland health center
to make arrangements for re-testing on the 5th day after arrival.
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms, as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.
See Health Center Contact Information below.
NOTE: Testing will be provided free of charge for everyone, both residents and visitors.


Test results are not received immediately.
After re-testing, people must remain in quarantine until a negative test result is received.
NOTE: This can take up to a few days, depending on whether one is tested at a facility with a test apparatus or not.


In the event someone cannot get tested on exactly the 5th day,
it is permitted to be tested on a subsequent day. CALL to the health center in the town where quarantine is held to make a test appointment. 


In the event of negative test results, quarantine ends and people may travel freely,
including traveling onward to a Vulnerable Place.
People are, however, required to continue to adhere to all COVID-19 sanitation and social distancing precautions & advice, allowing retesting if COVID-19 symptoms occur.



In the event of positive test results, the person must be in Isolation for as long as needed until a negative test result is achieved.
Likewise, any persons in the immediate vicinity of the infected person (like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland) must go into Quarantine.
Read more about Isolation below.
NOTE: all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
Test Locations
COVID-19 tests can be administered in South Greenland at Nanortalik Hospital, Narsaq Hospital, Narsarsuaq Nurse Station and Qaqortoq Regional Hospital.


All tests administered in South Greenland must be sent to Nuuk in order to be analysed.
This does extend waiting time to receive test results.


NOTE: Previously, Qaqortoq Regional Hospital had a COVID-19 Test Apparatus to analyse tests. However, due to a greater demand for testing in Nuuk, this apparatus is not currently available for use. 

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Isolation
Isolation is for persons with positive COVID-19 test results and for persons with COVID-19 symptoms that are awaiting test results. 


How to Isolate

Leaving the accommodation is not permitted.
Outdoor time is not permitted.


If someone in Isolation is staying with others, like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland,
these other people must go in Quarantine.
See above for How to Quarantine.


If someone in Isolation is staying with others,
it is preferable that the person has their own bedroom and own bathroom
in order to avoid contact with others in the accommodation.


Clean daily.


If there is the opportunity to wash clothes privately, do so in minimum 60 degrees Celsius warm water.
If a public laundry facility is the only option, doing laundry at this facility is not permitted.


Wash undergarments, sheets, cleaning rags and towels in minimum 80 degrees Celsius warm water. 


Wear gloves when touching dirty laundry
and wash hands thoroughly after removing the gloves.

Health Center Contact Information
For those who need to arrange for a COVID-19 test, CALL the health center to make arrangements.
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to make test appointments or report COVID-19 symptoms,

as it increases the risk of spreading the illness. One must CALL first.


QAQORTOQ REGIONAL HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 64 22 11

For test appointments, call +299 80 11 22 between 08.00 - 09.30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis.


NANORTALIK HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 61 32 11

For test appointments,
call +299 80 11 20 between 09.00 - 10.00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis, but will generally be available from 08.30 - 09.00 on Monday - Friday.


NARSAQ HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 66 12 11

For test appointments,
call +299 66 12 11 between 08.00 - 16.00.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis.


NARSARSUAQ NURSE STATION - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 66 45 41   

Aappilattoq Nurse Station
+299 24 74 70

Alluitsup Paa Nurse Station
+299 61 90 11

Ammassivik Nurse Station
+299 61 73 10

Eqalugaarsuit Nurse Station
+299 64 97 11

Igaliku Nurse Station
+299 66 61 11

Narsarmijit Nurse Station
+299 23 86 05

Qassiarsuk Nurse Station
+299 66 45 42

Saarloq Nurse Station
+299 64 90 11

Tasiusaq Nurse Station
+299 28 68 42


NATIONAL COVID-19 HOTLINE
+299 80 11 00

Opening hours:
Monday - Sunday 8.00 - 16.00

Flights / Transportation Methods
Sarfaq Ittuk

Sarfaq Ittuk is considered a Vulnerable Place, due to the proximity of passengers in both accommodations and public areas.

Therefore, one may not travel with Sarfaq Ittuk before quarantining and receiving negative results on a re-test taken in Greenland on the 5th day after arrival.
Alternatively, if one does not wish to be re-tested, one may not travel with Sarfaq Ittuk before having been in quarantine in Greenland for at least 14 days, with no COVID-19 symptoms.
Air Greenland

Persons flying with Air Greenland are encouraged to educate themselves on both the Kingdom of Denmark's entry regulations and Iceland's entry regulations.
See Additional Resources below.


Air Greenland has suspended its direct summer route from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq for the entire season.
The only available routes to South Greenland with Air Greenland are multi-stop routes beginning with either Copenhagen-to-Kangerlussuaq or Keflavik-to-Nuuk. 


Air Greenland is attempting to re-book as many passengers as possible via Kangerlussuaq. Some passengers may be required to connect via both Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk, potentially with an overnight in Nuuk. In the event of being rebooked to a flight with an overnight connection, Air Greenland will cover the costs of accommodation. 


All check-in must happen at a service counter, due to the entry requirements of showing necessary documentation.
Neither online check-in nor self-check-in will be permitted.


See more about Air Greenland's policies under Additional Resources.
Air Iceland Connect

Persons flying with Air Iceland Connect are encouraged to educate themselves on Iceland's entry regulations.
See Additional Resources below. 

Air Iceland Connect has suspended its direct summer route from Reykjavík to Narsarsuaq for the entire season.
The only available routes to South Greenland with Air Iceland Connect are multi-stop routes beginning with Reykjavík-to-Nuuk and then switching airlines to Air Greenland for a domestic flight.


To those whose flights are unfortunately cancelled,
the airline offers full refunds or travel vouchers good for one year.
 

See more about Air Iceland Connect's policies under Additional Resources.

Travel Regulations in the Kingdom of Denmark prior to 15 June 2020
As Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, any travel regulations set by the Danish government
(which are not already covered by the Greenland regulations) would also apply for Greenland.
Prior to Greenland's reopening on 15 June 2020, Greenland's travel regulations are actually more limiting than the Kingdom of Denmark's regulations.

From Saturday 14 March 2020 through Sunday 14 June 2020, the Kingdom of Denmark's borders are closed
to anyone who does not hold a Danish passport or who does not have residence in the Kingdom of Denmark.

Some exceptions apply, f.ex. for those fulfilling critical jobs for the community and those with immediate family residing in the Kingdom of Denmark.
Kingdom of Denmark Reopening Strategy
The following was publicised by the Kingdom of Denmark in a press meeting on Friday 29 May 2020
and supplemented by written information by the Danish Police.


As of Monday 15 June 2020, Denmark re-opened for a select handful of countries.


As of Saturday 27 June 2020, Denmark began opening conditionally* for travellers with residence in a wide range of European countries, including the entire Kingdom of Denmark, of course.
Conditionally: The list of open countries is decided by the Kingdom of Denmark, based on the weekly development of the individual countries' infection curves.
This means, a country's status could potentially shift between 'open' and 'closed'.
Find the updated list here on the Danish Police website.
Yellow = open.  


Required Conditions (Denmark):
Good health.
Persons with visible symptoms such as a cough or fever will not be permitted to enter Denmark.


Suggested Conditions (Denmark):
Persons travelling into Denmark will be recommended to be tested.
In the event of positive test results, one must go into Isolation until there have been no COVID-19 symptoms for 48 hours.


It has been said that Greenland follows the Kingdom of Denmark's reopening strategy in its basic form.
While Greenland cannot make more lenient rules than the Kingdom of Denmark, it can make stricter ones.

Currently, the entry requirements in Greenland are stricter than those in Denmark.

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Updated 12 October 2020 08.39 (GMT -2)